Thomas Jones - Game Theory - Hodder & Stoughton

Time remaining

  • -- days
  • -- hours
  • -- minutes
  • -- seconds
Other Formats
  • Paperback £12.99
    More information
    • ISBN:9781473679610
    • Publication date:19 Jul 2018

Game Theory

A John Murray Original

By Thomas Jones

  • E-Book
  • £P.O.R.

An auspicious debut by an insightful writer

Clare's mind strayed back once again to that weekend in August at Henry's house. Perhaps nothing would have happened if they hadn't played croquet on the Saturday after­noon. Fucking croquet.

Alex and Clare have gone to spend the weekend at Henry and Victoria's house in the Kent countryside. Clare and Alex have been a couple for ten years, but little of whatever brought them together is left in their marriage. Henry's a friend from the old days, but it isn't clear how much they still have in common, while Vic doesn't much care for their guests; especially not Alex, who suddenly finds he can't keep his eyes off her. The weekend seems unlikely to end well.

The consequences unspool over the years that follow. As their lives disentangle from and re-entwine with each other, they pass through most of the hoops that life stakes out for them, if not always in the right order, or the right direction - a little older, not much wiser, and as unready as ever for the next round.

Game Theory is a comedy about friendship, sex and parenting, and about the games people play.

Biographical Notes

Thomas Jones is on the editorial staff at the London Review of Books. He lives in Italy with his wife and two children.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9781473679627
  • Publication date: 19 Jul 2018
  • Page count:
  • Imprint: JM Originals
Game Theory is a proper English summer novel: comic, sharply observed, a little bit sweet — Jessie Greengrass, author of Women's Prize shortlisted SIGHT
This fantastic debut novel tackles those difficult years between firebrand youth and comfortable middle age . . . Well-observed and ruthlessly truthful — Daily Mail
This tenderly observed debut is a clever post-campus novel doubling as a satirical, state-of-the-nation period piece — Metro
Patiently observes the travails of modern relationships — Sunday Times, Culture
Has the good manners to record the self-concern of the privileged with a degree of quiet malice — Guardian
A neatly-crafted 21st-century take on a genre of literary fiction - the light-hearted, plot-driven romp - that has drifted out of fashion — Prospect
Hodder & Stoughton

The Vanished Bride

Bella Ellis
Authors:
Bella Ellis

The year is 1845, and Emily, Charlotte and Anne Bronte are sat around the dining room table, laughing merrily as the rain of their Yorkshire summer falls outside. When their brother, Branwell, returns from The Bull Inn, he brings with him the most shocking revelation: that Elizabeth Chester, wife of Robert Chester and mistress of Chester Grange has gone missing - but the bloody scene found in her bedroom suggests she may have been murdered.The governess at Chester Grange is Matilda French, a close friend of Charlotte's, who resolves to pay her a visit the following day. At Chester Grange, the sisters make the acquaintance of Robert, a rumoured cruel man, who is suspected of having driven his first wife to suicide. Determined that he should be brought to justice, the sisters throw themselves into solving the case. As everyone knows, solving a murder requires sense, morals and a very good imagination - qualities which these sisters have more than enough of...

Hodder & Stoughton

A Gift in December

Jenny Gladwell
Authors:
Jenny Gladwell
Hodder Paperbacks

Christmas at Silver Dale

Lucy Daniels
Authors:
Lucy Daniels
Hodder & Stoughton

The Last Voyage of Mrs Henry Parker

Joanna Nell
Authors:
Joanna Nell
Hodder & Stoughton

A Daughter's Journey

Anna Jacobs
Authors:
Anna Jacobs

Jo Melling has arrived in Birch End from Australia, still grieving her father's recent death. She's not intending to stay long, but after tracking down her distant family, Jo becomes more involved in village life than she could ever have imagined - and suddenly in danger too.Jo also finds herself drawn to Nick, a handsome newcomer to the village. Nick had planned to settle in Birch End and start a business, but as he grows closer to Jo, he realises he may have to choose between his dreams and a chance at love.Meanwhile, the new local council are faced with some tough decisions of their own. It's time to take a stand against the poor conditions in Backshaw Moss, the nearby slum, but some councillors want things to stay as they are - and will go to any lengths to make sure they get their way . . .Will the decent people of the valley win a brighter future for themselves? And can Jo find a way to stay with Nick in a place she's grown to love?Praise for Anna Jacobs' Ellindale series'One of the most lovely and heart-warming books I have ever read! 5 STARS' - Between the Pages 'A book of family, love, friendship and loyalty. 5 STARS' - Stardust Book Reviews'I was gripped from the very first word on the very first page and I wasn't released until the last word on the last page . . . When I finished I felt like I had been through an emotional wringer. 5 STARS' - Ginger Book Geek

Two Roads

All the Water in the World

Karen Raney
Authors:
Karen Raney

'Deeply rewarding and wholly unforgettable' Bret Anthony Johnston, author of Remember Me Like This 'Beautifully written' Blake MorrisonMaddy is sixteen. Deeply curious, wry and vivacious, she's poised at the outset of adulthood. She has loyal friends, a mother with whom she's unusually close, a father she's never met, devoted grandparents, and a crush on a boy named Jack. Maddy also has cancer.Hungry for experience despite living in the shadow of illness, Maddy seeks out her first romantic relationship, ponders philosophical questions, finds solace in music and art, and tracks down her father, Antonio. She continually tests the depths and limits of her closeness with her mother, while Eve has to come to terms with the daughter she loves and only partly knows, in a world she can't control.For fans of Celeste Ng and John Boyne, All the Water in the World is the story of a family doing its best when faced with the worst. Told in the alternating voices of Maddy and her mother, Eve, the narrative moves between the family's lake house in Pennsylvania, their home in Washington, DC, and London. Unforgettable and singularly moving, with voices that range from tender to funny, despairing to defiant, this novel is a poignant testimony to the transformative power of love, humour and hope. Optioned for film by Monumental Pictures/Lionsgate.

Hodder Paperbacks

Secrets of the Homefront Girls

Kate Thompson
Authors:
Kate Thompson
Two Roads

How It Was

Janet Ellis
Authors:
Janet Ellis

Seventy-four-year-old Marion Deacon sits by the hospital bed of her dying husband, Michael. Outwardly she is, as she says, an unremarkable old woman. She has long concealed her history - and her feelings - from the casual observer. And she's learned to ignore her own past, too. But as she sits by Michael's bed, she's haunted by memories of events from almost forty years ago. She and Michael were recently married; their children, Eddie and Sarah, still young. Theirs was an uneventful life in a quiet suburban neighbourhood. But, stiflingly bored in role as mother and wife, Marion fell for a married man, an affair that sparked a chain of events which changed all of their lives forever.Moving between the voices of Marion, her teenage daughter Sarah and her youngest son, Eddie, How It Was is a story of love, loss and betrayal. Through Marion and Sarah, Janet Ellis explores the tensions at the heart of mother-daughter relationships, the pressure women face to be the perfect wife and mother, and how life rarely turns out the way we imagine it will when we are young.

Hodder Paperbacks

The Scarlet Nightingale

Alan Titchmarsh
Authors:
Alan Titchmarsh
Sceptre

Starling Days

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
Authors:
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
John Murray

The Aunt Who Wouldn't Die

Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay
Authors:
Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay

At eighteen, Somlata married into the Mitras: a once noble Bengali household whose descendants have taken to pawning off the family gold to keep up appearances. When Pishima, the embittered matriarch, dies, Somlata is the first to discover her aunt-in-law's body - and her sharp-tongued ghost. First demanding that Somlata hide her gold from the family's prying hands, Pishima's ghost continues to wreak havoc on the Mitras. Secrets spilt, cooking spoilt, Somlata finds herself at the centre of the chaos. And as the family teeter on the brink of bankruptcy, it looks like it's up to her to fix it. The Aunt Who Wouldn't Die is a frenetic, funny and fresh novel about three generations of Mitra women, a jewellery box, and the rickety family they hold together.

Hodder & Stoughton

Three Days in Florence

Chrissie Manby
Authors:
Chrissie Manby

The new hilariously funny summer romance from the bestselling author of SEVEN SUNNY DAYS.*****Can a few days in Italy change your life forever?Katy Davies has never visited the famous Italian city before, so she's thrilled to get the chance to visit with her husband Mike's work conference - even if he won't let her leave the airport hotel. But when Katy finds herself unexpectedly stranded in the city after a mix-up with her flights, she decides to embrace the unexpected and stay for an extra week on her own.What follows is a life-changing few days in the Tuscan sun, as Katy begins to question the choices which have led her here. Could Italy hold the answers to her future happiness? Or is Katy destined to return to her old routine?

Hodder & Stoughton

The Devil's Slave

Tracy Borman
Authors:
Tracy Borman

In this powerful follow-up to The King's Witch, the Gorges family remains under threat from King James and his circle. Any hint of association with the members of the Gunpowder Plot will lead to mortal danger, but old loyalties - and loves - will not always be denied.Praise for The King's Witch'The adventures of her courageous heroine put flesh on the bones of a fascinating historical framework' Sunday Mirror'Tracy Borman's debut historical novel has it all: conspiracy, betrayal, dark intrigues, bloody deeds, a poignant love story - and the most famous plot in English history' Alison Weir, author of the Six Tudor Queens series'An accomplished novel with a vivid historical setting . . . the scenes in which Frances defends herself accusations of witchcraft are particularly strong' The Times

Two Roads

The House by the Loch

Kirsty Wark
Authors:
Kirsty Wark

'A deeply satisfying work of pure imagination . . . sweeping and intimate' Damian Barr, author of You Will Be Safe Here'Beautiful and atmospheric' Alistair Moffatt, author of The Hidden Ways'Powerful and compelling' Sue Lawrence, author of The Night He LeftFrom the bestselling author of The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle, a novel of long-hidden family secrets that refuse to lie buried in the past . . . Scotland, 1950sWalter MacMillan is bewitched by the clever, glamorous Jean Thompson and can't believe his luck when she agrees to marry him. Neither can she, for Walter represents a steady and loving man who can perhaps quiet the demons inside her. Yet their home on remote Loch Doon soon becomes a prison for Jean and neither a young family, nor Walter's care, can seem to save her.Many years later, Walter is with his adult children and adored grandchildren on the shores of Loch Doon where the family has been holidaying for two generations. But the shadows of the past stretch over them and will turn all their lives upside down on one fateful weekend.The House by the Loch is the story of a family in all its loving complexity, and the way it can, and must, remake itself endlessly in order to make peace with the past.Praise for The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle'Original and enthralling' Guardian 'Affecting and tender' The Times 'Page-turning' Red

Hodder & Stoughton

Summer of '69

Elin Hilderbrand
Authors:
Elin Hilderbrand
Hodder Paperbacks

The Perfect Couple

Elin Hilderbrand
Authors:
Elin Hilderbrand

'Such [a] compulsive read' - Marian KeyesEvery couple has their secrets . . .It's wedding season, and tensions are brewing.When one lavish wedding ends in disaster before it can even begin - with the maid of honour discovered dead in Nantucket Harbor just hours before the ceremony - everyone in the wedding party is suddenly a suspect.As Chief of Police Ed Kapenash digs into the best man, the bride, the groom's famous mystery novelist mother, and even a member of his own family, the chief discovers that every wedding is a minefield - and that no couple is perfect.************Praise for The Perfect Couple'Sink into this book like a hot, scented bath . . . a delicious, relaxing pleasure. And a clever whodunit at the same time' - Kirkus'Hilderbrand throws enough curveballs to keep readers guessing, but not too many, maintaining the breezy pace her novels are known for' - Booklist'A sizzling summer read fans won't want to miss' - Bustle 'Hilderbrand's books keep getting better and better' - Bookreporter************Praise for Elin Hilderbrand'Queen of the summer novel' - People'[Elin Hilderbrand] signifies the start of summer to readers' - The Book Reporter'Perfect holiday reading' - Candis'The queen regent of the easy-breezy summer novel' - New York Post

John Murray

Gun Island

Amitav Ghosh
Authors:
Amitav Ghosh
Hodder & Stoughton

Theodore Boone: The Accomplice

John Grisham
Authors:
John Grisham

'Not since Nancy Drew has a nosy, crime-obsessed kid been so hard to resist' - New York TimesWoody Lambert is in trouble. He comes from a broken family, suffers bad grades at school and his older brother, Tony, is on probation for a drug offence. When Woody inadvertently gets caught up with Tony and one of his friends, Garth, cruising around Strattenburg in a beaten-up Mustang drinking beer, one thing leads to another and Garth holds up a convenience store with a fake gun. Though he had no involvement in the crime other than being in Garth's car, Woody is arrested as an accomplice. He's going to need serious legal advice to avoid juvenile prison.Enter Theodore Boone: after all, Theo has already decided that he will become the best courtroom lawyer in the state. It's just that, at the age of thirteen, Theo is years from being a qualified lawyer - and Woody needs help right now . . . ***********************Further praise for the Theodore Boone series'If you aspire to turn your children into lawyers who will keep you in your old age, John Grisham's Theodore Boone, his first novel for young people, might be for you' - Sunday Times'For any young readers tired of wizards, vampires and Greek gods, there's now a new kid on the young fiction block, and this one really does have serious powers: Theodore Boone, half-boy, half-lawyer... fans will be pleased to know there will be more of Theo's adventures to come' - Sunday Express'Nobody does legal fiction better' - Daily Express'Gripping . . . I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery. I think everyone will be enthralled by Theodore Boone' - Scholastic News

Two Roads

A Single Source

Peter Hanington
Authors:
Peter Hanington

'Topical, authoritative and gripping' Charles Cumming 'Tight, pacy and strong on atmosphere' Michael Palin 'Completely unputdownable - gripping' Seb Emina 'Compelling' Mishal Husain 'Draws you in from the first line and keeps you guessing until, literally, the very last' Allan Little 'Thrilling' Dame Ann Leslie 'The real deal' Kirsty Wark 'Gut-wrenching' Edward StourtonVeteran BBC reporter William Carver is in Cairo - bang in the middle of the Arab Spring. 'The only story in the world' according to his editor. But it isn't - there's another story, more significant and potentially more dangerous, and if no one else is willing to tell it . . . then Carver will, whatever the consequences.A Single Source tells two stories, which over a few tumultuous months come together to prove inextricably linked. There are the dramatic, world-changing events across North Africa and the Middle East, as protests led by a new generation of tech-savvy youngsters challenge the established order. Then there are two Eritrean brothers, desperate to make their way up from the Horn of Africa across the continent to a better life in Europe. The horrors they endure at the hands of people traffickers and others along the way test their endurance and humanity to its limit.William Carver spots the Arab Spring early, aided by one of the infamous 'Listeners' at the BBC monitoring station in Caversham. He and his producer, Patrick, chase the story across North Africa before arriving in Egypt where the battle between the corrupt old order and the new will be both bloody and potentially definitive.The world is watching, but its attention span is increasingly short. Carver knows the story is a complex one and, in the age of Facebook, Twitter and rolling news, difficult stories are getting harder to tell. If everyone is a reporter, then who do you believe? *Praise for Peter Hanington's A Dying Breed, which first featured William Carver*'Wholly compelling and shrewdly wise' William Boyd 'A belting good read' A.L. Kennedy'I look forward to more of Hanington's work with great expectations' Melvyn Bragg'Enthralling' Michael Palin 'Thoughtful, atmospheric and grippingly plotted' Guardian'Hanington has true talent' The Times(P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Hodder & Stoughton

The Red Ribbon

H.B. Lyle
Authors:
H.B. Lyle

A Financial Times thriller of the yearThe thrilling follow up to The Irregular: A Different Class of Spy, featuring Wiggins - an ex-soldier who was trained as a child by Sherlock Holmes. Praise for The Irregular 'H.B. Lyle has found the golden thread between Bond and Holmes' Giles Foden, author of The Last King of Scotland'Impressive period detail and sharp dialogue add charm to the strong plot' Daily Mail'A thrilling story of espionage, murder and the creation of the Secret Service' Charles Cumming, author of A Colder WarCaptain Vernon Kell's fledgling secret intelligence service is under pressure. It's meant to root out German spies and quell foreign threats, but with few results it faces closure.Harassed by politicians, like the ambitious Winston Churchill, bullied by Special Branch, undermined by his colleague Cumming's ill-advised foreign ventures and alarmed at his wife's involvement with militant suffragettes, Kell is making no progress in tracking high-profile leaks from the government. To make matters worse, his only agent, Wiggins, would rather be working on cases of his own.Wiggins grew up on the streets, one of the urchins trained in surveillance by Sherlock Holmes and known as the Baker Street Irregulars. He has promised to avenge the death of his best friend, and to track down a missing girl.But when his search takes him towards a club in Belgravia - a club containing a lot of young women and presided over by the fearsome Big T, one of his former gang-mates - Wiggins is drawn into a conspiracy that will test both his personal and his professional resolve.A satisfying, standalone sequel to The Irregular: A Different Class of Spy, H.B. Lyle's brilliantly entertaining spy story is also a superb evocation of London in 1910, from the finest drawing rooms to the meanest streets.